Month: September 2013

Steam Machines Announced

In the second of Valve’s announcements this week, Steam Machines are coming. On the same topic as their last announcement, the Steam Machines will be lounge room entertainment systems from “multiple partners” all running SteamOS. These machines will come in different specs and are scheduled to be available in 2014 with more details to come.

SteamOS Announced

Valve has been teasing 3 announcements about the “Living Room” this week, the first of which being SteamOS, A linux based operating system with Valve’s Steam platform at its core for the big screen. With Valve’s recent push behind linux gaming and the potential benefits to more direct hardware access for developers we are told to

Sega Acquires Index Corp, Atlus

Sega Sammy Holdings, parent company of Sega, announced that it has acquired Index Corporation, the parent company of Persona 4 developer Atlus. Nikkei Japan reported earlier today that the deal was worth ¥14 billion ($A151 million). Index filed for bankruptcy on June 27, with reported debts of ¥24.5 billion ($A258 million). The company was also the subject

Blizzard Shutting Down Diablo III Auction House

Blizzard has announced that it will be shutting down the Diablo III Auction House service. Both the Gold and the Real Money Auction Houses will close on March 18, 2014.  In its stead, Blizzard will be implementing its ‘Loot 2.0’ system into the PC version of Diablo III and upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls. “A big

New Game Plus – S02E31

This week: We visit a realm reborn in Final Fantasy XIV, rob some banks in Payday 2 and bring glory to Arstotzka in Papers, Please. We also check out Force of Will and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. All this and more on Episode 67 of New Game Plus!

Family Sharing Coming To Steam

Valve has announced a Family Sharing program for Steam. The program, geared at family and close friends, will allow for Steam users to share their game libraries with up to ten other devices. Authorised devices will have access to the sharer’s entire library and associated DLC (excluding titles with third-party keys, accounts or subscriptions) and players

SCEJA Pre-TGS 2013 Press Conference

Hours before the Sony Computer Entertainement Japan/Asia pre-Tokyo Game Show conference, it was easy to assume that this would be what we’ve come to expect from anything regarding TGS in recent years – a bunch of announcement solely dedicated to the Asian market, and nothing at all to gleam for us westerners. The one bit

Coalition Backs Down From Mandatory Internet Filter (Updated)

[Update] Hours after releasing a policy paper outlining an opt-out internet filter, the Coalition has backed away from the policy. Opposition Communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull released a statement saying that today’s announcement was incorrect, “The policy which was issued today by was poorly worded and incorrectly indicated that the Coalition supported an “opt out” system of